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Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro, left, passes against Los Angeles Lakers guard Zach Norvell Jr. during the first half of a NBA basketball summer league game in Sacramento, California, Monday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

LEXINGTON — Tyler Herro was impressive in his professional debut. 

The former University of Kentucky guard scored 18 points and knocked down five 3-pointers on 10 attempts to lead the Miami Heat to a 106-79 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA Summer League game Monday.

Herro wasn’t afraid to take shots, a trait that impressed Miami’s summer league coaching staff.

“We definitely like that aggressiveness,” Summer League head coach Eric Glass said. “He’s got a pretty unique skill set. He’s not just a shooter. He can handle. He’s learning how to make plays. Every game he’ll learn something new, but we like him in that spot.”

Herro also created shots and got open often in the open court.

“That’s kind of a talent you have,” Glass said. “He can find those open spaces. He knows where to get the ball. We’re not teaching him that. That’s something that he came in with.”

Herro said his main goal is to continue “working on shooting off the catch.”

Four former Kentucky players are competing in Summer League games this month. Wenyen Gabriel (Kings), Keldon Johnson (Spurs) and Jarred Vanderbilt (Nuggets) are playing in the Salt Lake Summer League and California Classic.

Gabriel scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a win over Golden State Monday night. 

The Las Vegas Summer League begins Friday and concludes on July 15. All 30 teams will be featured as well as the Chinese and Croatian national teams. 

TBT coming to Lexington

The Basketball Tournament schedule is all set.

The $2 million tournament will tip off with 64 teams in the mix, including eight squads in the Lexington Regional. The regional events will be July 19-21 and July 25-28 at sites across the country.

The 5-on-5 event will feature 60 players with NBA experience, 23 college alumni teams and more than 20 former Division I college players who just completed college. All games will be televised on the ESPN networks.

“ESPN took a chance on TBT by streaming our first-ever championship game in 2014 and we’ve been with them ever since,” said Jon Mugar, founder and CEO of TBT. “It’s hard to believe we’ve gone from two hours streaming in 2014 to all TBT games available on the ESPN App and 48 hours on linear TV in 2019. It’s a testament to their commitment to the event and how our relationship has grown.”

Former Kentucky players Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Josh Harrellson, Marcus Lee, Ramon Harris, Kevin Galloway and AJ Stewart will form the Bluegrass Boys, organized by former Kentucky player Mark Krebs and coached by Wayne Turner.

The top seed in the Lexington region will be Team Loyalty is Love, and the general manager is DeMarcus Cousins. Former Kentucky player Daniel Orton is on the squad, which also includes Pierre Jackson, Quincy Miller and Isiah Austin, who all played at Baylor.

The Kentucky Basketball Commission team is coached by Shelvin Mack and will include former Mr. Basketball and Tennessee standout Chris Lofton, recent Eastern Kentucky graduate Nick Mayo and former Western Kentucky standout AJ Slaughter.

Lexington Regional

July 19-21 at Frederick Douglass High School

July 19

3 p.m., Fort Wayne Champs vs. Showtime; 5 p.m., Loyalty is Love vs. Hoopville Warriors; 7 p.m., KBC vs. Peoria All-Stars; 9 p.m., Bluegrass Boys vs. D2.

July 20

4 p.m., Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner; 6 p.m., Game 1 winner vs. Game 4 winner.

July 21

2 p.m., semifinal winners.

Calipari to speak at dinner

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari will return where he began his college playing career this fall when he will be the keynote speaker at the University of North Carolina Wilmington men’s basketball tipoff dinner on Sept. 19 at the Burney Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.

“We’re very excited that coach Calipari is going to speak at our tipoff banquet,” said C.B. McGrath, UNCW’s third-year head coach. “It’s going to be a great event and we’re thrilled to welcome him back as a former student-athlete. His success as a coach is second to none. What he does off the court to help others is phenomenal. He is extremely generous to help UNCW basketball.”

Seth Greenburg (ESPN), Roy Williams (North Carolina) and Brad Brownwell (Clemson) have been previous speakers at the annual event.

Calipari appeared in 25 games in two seasons with the Seahawks in 1978-79 and 1979-80 before transferring to Clarion, Pennsylvania. A point guard, he played in 25 games, scoring 21 points with seven rebounds and 22 assists. He scored a career-high nine points at Campbell on Jan. 8, 1979.

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